The Unquiet Grave

Sharyn McCrumb

A Reader's Opinion

Originally reviewed

on and by:

05.09.2017

Kathy Scott

THE UNQUIET GRAVE is a haunting and well-written novel steeped in history. What a surprise when I started to read the book and realized it's not what I expected, and just as good as I had hoped. I love discovering new-to-me authors! Sharyn McCrumb has blended history, folklore, and a touch of mystery into THE UNQUIET GRAVE. This book is about The Greenbrier Ghost, a case and true account I had never heard about before. At first I thought it was going to be a simple ghost story, but the author went far and above this. From 1930 and 1897 in West Virginia, the author guides the reader through a fascinating and horrifying mystery of murder and how it took the murdered woman's ghost and an unrelenting mother, to see justice was done. Emotions are powerful and the characters are complex—you either love them or hate them with gusto! The book synopsis perfectly describes what a reader can expect from the story, so I won't repeat any of that. This is one of those books that you just need to read to appreciate. What really grabbed me was the historical detail. I ended up reading into the actual case and history because the author piqued my interest so much. If you enjoy good Southern fiction, then you should give THE UNQUIET GRAVE a try.

The Unquiet Grave
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